Take one hour, combine it with 1-1/2 yards of knit fabric and Simplicity 4020 and you end up with a retro inspired dolman (or batwing) knit pullover top!
I was getting bored with working on my UFOs and the faux fur coat (which is probably why I end up with so many UFOs ...) so I decided to participate in the fabric stash reduction contest on PatternReview.
So I pulled out Simplicity 4020 and a bright red rayon/poly/Lycra purchased last year from Fabric.com and proceeded to whip up this top.
I did do an FBA to the top (well, kind of) since I wanted to make sure most of the fullness in the design remained. I added about 1-1/2" to the center front at the bottom and tapered to the original cutting line at the side seam.
The top was so quick and easy that I pulled out this lightweight sweater knit purchased from SR Harris and quickly sewed another one.
I loved this style when it was popular in the early 80s and I still like it. In fact, here I am circa 1980 (with my two adorable little ones) wearing one of my favorite sweaters. As you can see it is a very similar style. (And no, those are not food stains on the sweater :-) it is age spots on the photo.)
And see? I even sewed this style :-) I did own this pattern, Simplicity 5494, c. 1982, but of course it was tossed or given away years ago. I purchased off of eBay three years ago thinking I'd sew it again. Unfortunately I was unable to remove the smell from the pattern so I threw it away.
As you can see, it is pretty close to the new Simplicity 5494 - remove the sleeve, neck and bottom bands and its the same shape.
Full review is on PatternReview.